The classic bestselling Chinese novel spanning four decades following the creation of the People's Republic in 1949, translated into English for the first time.
Originally published in 1987, two years before the Tiananmen Square protests, The Ancient Ship immediately caused a sensation in China. Wei’s award-winning first novel is the story of three generations of the Sui, Zhao, and Li families living in the fictional northern town of Wali during the troubled years of China’s post-liberation.
Wei vividly depicts the changes in Wali, where most people have made their livelihood by simply cooking and selling noodles. Once the home to large sailing ships that travelled along the Luqing River, Wali is now left with an unearthed hull of an ancient wooden ship.The ship stands as a metaphor for China, mirrored in the lives of the townspeople, who in the course of the narrative face such defining moments in history as the Land Reform Movement, the famine of 1959-1961, the Great Leap Forward, the Anti-Rightist Campaign, and the Cultural Revolution. A bold examination of a society in turmoil, a study in human nature, the struggle of oppressed people to control their own fate, and the clash between tradition and modernization, The Ancient Ship is a revolutionary work of Chinese fiction that speaks to people across the globe.
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Zhang Wei was born in 1956 in China’s northern province of Shandong. He graduated from the Chinese Department at Yantai Normal College in 1980. Three years later, he became a member of the Chinese Writers Association, an organization for which he has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Shandong branch. His first novel, The Ancient Ship, was a bestseller and award-winner in China. One of the most widely respected fiction writers of the post-Mao era, Zhang Wei lives in Beijing.
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007286155
Book Description HarperPerennial, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. The town of Wali relies on the trade from the three-masted ships that travel the great Luqing river and on the production of beautiful White Dragon glass noodles, a process that hasn't changed for generations. Three families, the Sui, the Zhao and the Li, all work in the great old mills and their elders run the town. But the year that Sui Buzhao returns from sailing the world, ominous signs begin - as the old temple burns to the ground, the river recedes and an earthquake destroys the town walls, it becomes clear that change is inescapably approaching. Zhang Wei's epic novel follows three generations of the families through four decades of upheaval in China. An award-winner and bestseller in China, translated for the first time into English, The Ancient Ship is a bold examination of a society in turmoil and a masterful study of human nature, the struggle of oppressed people to control their own fate, and the clash between tradition and modernisation. Bookseller Inventory # 006039